RPGFan



Best Strategy RPG - Valkyria Chronicles II
Valkyria Chronicles II ends 2010 with a dubious distinction: it was certainly one of the best games that no one demanded. Oh, don't get me wrong, critics and gamers alike loved the original Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3 for its setting, gameplay, and charming graphical design. But instead of releasing a sequel on the PS3, Sega decided to release the new Valkyria Chronicles II for the PSP, disappointing legions of their fans. Expecting a stripped-down, sub-par variation on the original theme, fans were pleasantly surprised to find a game that in many ways surpassed the original. Possessing all the intense gunplay, exciting tank battles, and gorgeous watercolor artwork of the original, Valkyria Chronicles II is a worthy sequel. Despite shrinking the battle maps slightly, Sega expanded the squad customization, and added a military school setting and a host of new and memorable characters. With Valkyria Chronicles III due for release in Japan in early 2011, the series has found a firm home on the PSP. And there's a great chance that the third game in the series will follow in its forebears' footsteps, and show up in our 2011 Game of the Year Awards.

Runner-up: Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~
Editor's Picks Platform Awards Genre Awards
Patrick Gann
Eric Farand
John McCarroll
Kyle E. Miller
Neal Chandran
John Tucker
Kimberley Wallace
Ashton Liu
Dennis Rubinshteyn
Bob Richardson
Stephen Meyerink
Dave Yeager
Derek Heemsbergen
Bryan Grosnick
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Wii
PlayStation 2
PC
Nintendo DS
PSP
iOS


Best RPG of the Year
Traditional RPG: Console
Action RPG: Console
Graphic Adventure: Console
Traditional RPG: Handheld
Action RPG: Handheld
Graphic Adventure: Handheld
Strategy RPG
MMORPG
Indie RPG
Downloadable Console RPG


Back


Twitch Schedule & Status

Sunday, July 29
Persona 3 [CYOA] • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Mondays
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT

Tuesdays
Star Ocean: Second Evolution • 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDT
Octopath Traveler • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Wednesdays
Octopath Traveler • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Thursdays
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep • 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDT
Octopath Traveler • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Fridays
Final Fantasy IX • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Speedrun) • 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

Saturdays
Octopath Traveler • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

Retro Encounter Wants Your Emails!

Retro Encounter Mailbag Special

Podcast
Corpse Party: Haunting Melodies Review

Corpse Party: Haunting Melodies

Review
Retro Encounter 145

Retro Encounter 145

Podcast
Shining Resonance Refrain Review

Shining Resonance Refrain

Review
Detroit: Become Human Review

Detroit: Become Human

Review